Wall hangings and plant hangers – what’s behind the trend?

beautiful blue bathroom with cream macrame wall hanging by Designer Belen Senra
Designer Belen Senra weaves and knots genuine works of art for her walls. © www.ranrandesign.com

Watch out – the 70s are back! At least in our living rooms. Today, it seems there are wall hangings – tapestries, plant hangers and macramés – everywhere you look. These artfully woven and knotted creations now decorate the walls of hip globetrotters and trendy DIYers alike. Many wall-hanging creators are particularly active on Instagram, sharing images of their charming pieces with fans and like-minded creatives. We’ve looked into the trend and reveal the most popular Instagram accounts packed with inspiring wall hangings below. So don’t hang about, check them out now!

The different wall-hanging techniques:

weaving and knotting With tapestries, mobiles and plant hangers, the term wall hanging is associated with a number of different styles. However, the trend can generally be divided into two separate crafts: weaving and knotting.

Woven tapestries in different shapes and colours

Weaving has been around for thousands of years and the craft is primarily used to make clothes, upholstery fabric, wallpaper and, of course, carpets and rugs. And recently, wall tapestries (also known as weavings) made using this craft have become a major trend. These small to medium-sized works of art are in high demand, featuring on the Instagram feeds of a number of influencers. And it just so happens that wall tapestries are relatively easy to make at home using just a few tools and materials.

Our favourite wall hanging and weaving Instagrammers

Lindsey Campbell from Arizona is inspired by wonderful colour combinations, geometric patterns and fine, flat weavings.

Nanett Schroder from the United Kingdom favours weaving with thick roving (also called slubbing), producing thick, fluffy wall hangings.

Judit Just from Barcelona designs extremely intricate and colourful tapestries. For her wall hangings, she combines weaving and knotting techniques to create a dense, rug-like texture.

image showing a 1970's inspired macrame wall hanging made from knotted rope
Wall hangings: an interior design trend taken straight from the 1970s

Macramé: flat for walls or 3D for plant hangers

Another big new trend in interior design is macramé. This knotting technique using string and cord was previously quite popular in the 1970s. Today, just like in the past, macramé can be created flat for decorating walls or in 3D for suspending plants, or plant hangers. Plant hangers are especially on trend, and are made from different macramés paired with succulents, cacti and ferns – you could call them a mini vertical garden.

What is macramé? ·

White string or cord made from jute or cotton · Artistic knots that look like lace · Wooden or fimo beads to accent the aesthetic

Macramé masters on Instagram

Heather C . from Texas mainly creates flat, yet intricately knotted wall hangings. Her favourite colour is a typical macramé off-white.

Sara Oliveira has devoted herself entirely to macramé and creates very beautiful knotted hangers for plants.

Berlin-based Andrea Cse creates charming, multi-coloured plant hangers.

Want more wall-hanging inspiration?

Instagram is brimming with creative artists who make tapestries, plant hangers and other macramés. The hashtags below will help you to find more delightful wall-hanging ideas to inspire your own creations:









Have fun exploring!